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December 28, 2010
It really has been a time for emphatic highs, and near-death lows. This Christmas holiday has enabled me to watch all the current Ashes test match, which quite frankly has been a wonderful sporting spectacle. Test match cricket is a little like teaching. Careful planning, meticulous preparation, showing discipline and understanding of what your role is within the team, and knowing that if you make a mistake, if your concentration lapses, it can have a knock-on effect on the rest of the match / lesson. Now those poor Aussies had a stinker first up. Their starter went on too long, the kids lacked the necessary instruction, the teacher thrashed their bat about wildly trying to gain the upper hand in a losing situation but only made things worse. 98 all out is, I guess, equivalent to turning up to a lesson, forgetting your memory stick with your powerpoint on, the projector not working, a kid setting a bunsen burner on fire, and a recreation of the 2010 Royal Rumble.
Well thankfully I'm not an Aussie. If Ricky Ponting was in my class, he'd be off to the Parking Zone! I have a wonderful role model in Warwickshire's very own Johnathon Trott to guide me through this training year. Get in a bubble, identify your strengths (flick through mid-wicket anything on the stumps) and play to them. So I guess I'm quite imaginative, so by damn I'm gonna let it run wild next term when planning. I can also be quite dramatic, use this to engage. My explanations are usually pretty good, so keep working on them - relate stuff to the student's own experiences.
Regardless, even if I fail this GTP, at least we've retained the Ashes (I'm confident we'll take 4 wickets in two days!).
The lows I mentioned... that riff raff I've loved through thick and thin for 25 years. What were Chelsea doing last night. Bewildering. I felt like that at the end of a full days teaching this term where my standard of teaching, and my energy levels, sequentially lowered as each hour passed. I was drained watching that palava last night.
But on the plus side, Santa did bring me a NEW printer and laminator, so I can now lie in til 6.20am on a school day safe in the knowledge I can make my resources at home instead of silly am before school! Get in Santa. Is it the law that as soon as you become a teacher one's present sack will be brimming with ill-fitting shirts and awkward looking ties blessed (?) with a colour reminiscent of the small intestines of a road kill badger? Well I hope this year is the exception not the rule!
I have started to do a little bit of work today: filled in days and dates in my teaching planner, woo! Not a lot of planning to do really as I have no timetable for my complimentary school yet. I am led to believe I'll be running a lot of year 11 revision classes as they will have exams come January 19th. Its a different exam board at Perry Beeches compared to Myton, but I'm ready and prepared for it. Really looking forward to complimentary placement. I am going to be doing my Masters research there; the plan is to start it (topic is peer assessment) as soon as I take over a class. I don't know the kids, so I'll let them judge how they think their class mates are doing instead.
Anyway I have to go. A turkey based meal is awaiting. Hope you have all had a great Christmas and continue to enjoy the holidays. x